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CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – While one Twinkie may have seen its end today, a Coral Springs family is at odds with the city over a Twinkie of its own.

Twinkie, a 6-week-old domesticated ‘Juliana’ pig belongs to the Ray family. In September, they went to the city requesting a waiver for the pig, but it was denied.

Heather Ray bought the pig for her eight-year-old son Kason who has Down’s Syndrome.

“They are docile, smart, and Kason loves her,” Ray said. “We decided on a pig because his dad and brother are allergic to pet dander and pigs are non-allergenic animals. People with special needs don’t always feel accepted, so a pet loves you no matter what.”

City spokesman Bob Goehrig explained, “Coral Springs code does not allow pigs as pets, because livestock is not allowed.

However, Goehrig told CBS4 that they may be willing to make an exception.

“If the Ray’s can show they need a therapy animal, the city will look into it,” said Goehrig.

Heather Ray said she has already started the process of getting Twinkie certified as a therapy pet.

The only catch is Twinkie has to be a year old, so the city will have to wait.

There’s a lot up in the air, but one thing is clear, the Ray’s won’t give up Twinkie.

“That’s not an option,” says Heather Ray.

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